RUSSIA AS IT IS.

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Page 315 - We have not the least doubt that if Addison had written a novel on an extensive plan, it would have been superior to any that we possess. As it is, he is entitled to be considered not only as the greatest of the English essayists, but as the forerunner of the great English novelists.
Page 315 - He was not only the ornament of his age and country, but he reflects dignity on the nature of man. He has divested vice of its meretricious ornaments, and painted religion and virtue in the modest and graceful attire which charm and elevate the heart.
Page 212 - In smaller estates, where the choice is more limited, generally after the field-labors are over, in the fall season, the master calls the families together and inquires about their mutual inclinations, pays attention to them, and endeavors to arrange things by mutual agreement; but when all is of no avail, then he decides arbitrarily — points out the pairs, and then' the ceremony is fulfilled by the parish-priest.
Page 207 - Serfs carrying on a legal trade with the consent of the master, cannot be given up by him as recruits or for the colonization of Siberia. Serfs cannot own immovable property: all houses and lands possessed by them are the property of the master. Should a serf inherit such property, it must be sold and the money handed over to him. Serfs erecting shops and manufactures, must have a special permission of the master, likewise for entering the guild of artisans, and for sellingthe produce of their industry...
Page 315 - His best essays approach near to absolute perfection ; nor is their excellence more wonderful than their variety.
Page 315 - ... was In his proper walk. He is the founder of a new school of popular writing. In which, like most other founders of schools, he Is still unsurpassed by any who have attempted to Imitate him. His Spectator...
Page 314 - ... of the publishing art can command. The well-known literary character and ability of the editor is sufficient guaranty for the accuracy and general elucidation of the text, while the paper, printing, and binding of the volumes will be of the highest class, forming, in these respects, a striking contrast to all existing cheap editions, in which so few efforts have been made to combine superiority in production with low prices.
Page 66 - Nearly seventy millious of human beings are, after all, mere chattels, living only for him and through his imperial concession. It is so now — but last it cannot. This tension will break the reins, if not in his own hands, in those of his successor. Those who pronounce his name with a curse are numerous, and belong to all social classes — and more numerous are they who are choked by the words ' Czar' and ' Nicholas ' — and never stain their lips with them.
Page 314 - ... in production with low prices. Under the impression that a chronological issue of the Poets would not be so acceptable as one more diversified, it has been deemed advisable to intermix the earlier and the later Poets. Care, however, will be taken that either the author or the...
Page 186 - ... equals. He is hospitable to the utmost of his means. Hospitality is the general character of the whole nation. The burghers practice it as well as the nobles, and especially those in the country, to an extent unknown in the rest of Europe. The word for hospitality in Russia is chlebo-sol, bread and salt, which gives the true and simple meaning of sharing it without any attempt at ostentation. "In business the peasant is shrewd and crafty, nay, sometimes a sharp rogue. But it must not be forgotten...

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